Preparing the exhibition space

Preparing the exhibition space involved a lot of hard work from all staff and students. We started by removing old work from the classroom and moving as much exhibition work from the room as we could to avoid it getting damaged.

Then we had to stack up all tables, chairs and units against the walls around the room. We then covered the outside walls of the room with wooden boards that were drilled together.

The joins in the boards were then covered with gum strip and all boards were sanded down and any holes were filled.

Once all the boards were up and prepared, we started to paint. We painted all boards and walls with white paint.

Once all the paint was dry, the space was emptied of anything left and the floors were cleaned.

We were then able to bring our work into the exhibition space and begin to put our work up and display ready for the exhibition.


Display: From college to shop

I started experimenting with moving round items in my display at college to get a clearer idea of how I would like to display my work.

I decided to use the plinths to display work on in the shop as I felt this would look more professional and would also avoid the work getting damaged on the floor.

I asked a fellow student for help transporting my work from the college to the shop. We covered all the work in plastic to avoid the work being damaged. The above are photographs of me placing the work in the shop.

I am extremely pleased with the display and how well it works within the vintage shop. Putting the work in a vintage shop complements the work. I have given the staff in the shop a notebook for people to write feedback and comments in whilst the work is in the shop.




Vintage images

When I was researching 1950s window displays I came across an advert on Ebay for a small collection of 1950s window displays.

ebayI took the opportunity to purchase these photographs and hoped to use them within my display.

I first put the images onto a board that I had painted to look like a photograph, using double sided tape. The idea behind this was to have photographs within a photograph.

I then used the boards to photograph images and make them bigger to cover my window board that I intend to use for the exhibition.

I used the images in a collage style, using tape to stick them on. I covered both the inside walls of my exhibition stand.

I really like the effect that this gives and also how it shows a range of different window displays from the 1950s. I am also pleased that I can show research of other shop window displays within my own display.




Display Sign

When looking at signs to make for my project I first looked at what font I would like. I used Microsoft word and experimented with a range of different fonts.

font 1

I eventually decided on the following design using two different fonts.

font 2

I printed this design out and photocopied it to make it large enough for my signs.


I then traced the design. After painting my wood that I had cut and scratching into it with screwdrivers and sanding some parts to give an aged affect i then retraced my font onto the wood.

I then painted the letters using a black gloss. I drilled a hole in to the top corners of each sign and threaded string through these.

I am very pleased with how the signs have turned out. I found using the black gloss to paint the letters quite difficult as I struggled to keep the letters neat but the overall effect turned out well.

Second life size dress

My inspiration for my second life size dress came from the famous Marilyn Monroe white dress used in the film The seven year itch from 1955.

I found this (2017). marilyn monroe 1955 white dress . Available: Last accessed 5/4/2017.

I first started to make the bodice for this dress using the same technique I used on my first dress. Using paper and PVA glue in layers to create a sturdy bodice.

Once the top had hardened I cut down the back using a scalpel knife, and continued to use the eyeleteer to create a corset back. Threading material through this to keep the shape together.

I made a wire frame for the base of the skirt in the same way as my first dress. I made four circles of wire and connected these with wire. I covered the frame with chicken wire and cling film. I found using chicken wire very difficult as it was hard to mould into shape and was very sharp, but the final result worked for what I needed it for.

I continued to cover the wire frame in layers of paper and PVA glue until sturdy enough.

For the design of the skirt I decided to use strips of paper facing downwards. I glued these on in layers around the skirt. I was very pleased with the outcome and how the paper flowed around the skirt.

I connected the bodice to the skirt my making small holes around the bottom of the bodice and top of the skirt and stitched through these to connect together. To hide the holes I then glued another layer of strips of paper over the holes.


I am very pleased with the final outcome and I think it has a likeness to the Marilyn Monroe dress which was my original inspiration.


Paper Roses

To create other elements for my display made from paper I decided to make paper roses and use a vintage style vase or bottle to put them in. When speaking to the shop manager of rummage rescuers where I am going to be displaying my work before exhibition, she told me one of there shops had vintage items in stock. I went to have a look and found this very intricate glass bottle and fell in love with the design. I looked at a tutorial online on how to make paper roses (Bree Ryback. (2011). DIY Tutorial: Paper Roses from Books or Sheet Music!. Available: Last accessed 21/03/2017.) and tried this myself. I found it hard at first to make the roses look full enough but with some practice I was happy with the outcome. I then made wire stems and wrapped paper round these to connect to the rose.

life size 50s dress

When looking through my survey responses I had a lot of people answer with 50s to the following question: When you think of vintage clothing what era would come first to mind?

So to continue with my 3d dresses I decided to try and make a more life size model as I have already experimented with smaller scale models.

I started with using cling film to cover a model to protect from the paper and glue I would be putting onto this model.

Then I used a PVA glue and water mix and glued on strips of encyclopaedia paper from an old book. I had to do lots of layers to make this sturdy.

To make the skirt I started with a metal frame. I made 5 wire circles and used the spot welder to put them in a condescending order to make a skirt shape. I then covered this with chicken wire. I looked into using mesh but this worked out very expensive for the amount of mesh I needed so chicken wire was a cheaper alternative that worked just as well. I found it quite difficult to get round the skirt shape as it wasn’t very flexible and was quite sharp but I managed and was happy with the outcome.


I then covered the frame with cling film, this made the skirt less sharp and gave it a better shape and worked as a base for the paper to stick to. I covered the skirt in a layer of paper and PVA glue and left to dry.


I then began to cut triangle shapes from the paper using the guillotine. each of the triangles was glued on piece by piece in order so the triangles overlapped each other. It was very time consuming but the process definitely made the skirt look a lot better and I was very pleased with how this turned out.

I then cut off the bodice from the model using a scalpel up the back. I slowly peeled the bodice off the model and took off the cling film. I was surprised at how sturdy the bodice turned out.

I then used an eyeleteer to add metal holes to the back of my dress so it could be tied up like a corset when finished.


I also used the eyeleteer to connect the skirt to the bodice. I made a few holes around the bottom of the bodice and top of the skirt. I then sewed each of these holes to together with white thread to keep the bodice connected to the skirt.

To cover the holes around the middle of the dress I covered with another layer of paper triangles.

I then used a white ribbon to tie up the back of the corset. I felt this looked very decorative and finished the piece of work to an acceptable standard.

I am extremely pleased with how the dress has turned out. It was hard work and there were problems to solve but it was very rewarding to see the final outcome.